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December 26, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

This Week 7’s (12.14 – 12.31) Affirmation: Mindfulness – I will reach for mindfulness each day.
Date – 12.26.17
B-Book 44: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
The key message in this book: Often we stop dead in our tracks …

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Mad Musings

First category I added when I started this blog many moons ago. I jot stuff here I can't otherwise categorize.

what the...?

The section you will see a swear or two in. Not that I am a big fan, but sometimes situation can't be helped

Not So Recent Reads

Here you will find books that I have read, reading or intend to read. More Recent Reads => CLICK HERE.

just Writing

I intend to use this area to catalog my writing journey and collect tidbits of information on the authoring process.


These are areas I am very much interested in. From time to time, as I am so moved, I free think here as well

Bad things happen for a reason, and other idiocies of theodicy

February 2, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

The problem of evil is a classic dilemma in the philosophy of religion. The relative ease with which the problem can be stated belies the depth of the challenge that it presents to traditional monotheism. …

Death Is Inevitable. Financial Turmoil Afterward Isn’t. 

January 20, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

Preparing for the death of a spouse or partner and its ramifications may be an unhappy task, but doing so can ease some avoidable financial sorrows.
MOST of us do not even want to contemplate the …

Flunking out of college: Lacking readiness responsibility | Psychology Today

January 19, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

The figures are pretty dramatic. On average, about 50% of students fail to graduate from the college in which they first enroll. (See The Journal of Colege Retention.)
Source: Flunking out of college: Lacking readiness responsibility
My Comments: …

How Mass Incarceration Contributes to the Achievement Gap

January 18, 2017 – 10:31 am | No Comment

A new study shows that disproportionate imprisonment rates faced by people of color exacerbate race-based inequalities in educational attainment.
Source: How Mass Incarceration Contributes to the Achievement Gap
My Comments: Really depressing report.  Hello God…where are you?

Lessons in family management from a Roman of noble birth

January 12, 2017 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

Raising a family is the most important duty a man has. Without children the state has no future, and if those children are not brought up properly then that future is bleak. When there is …

What the childless fathers of existentialism teach real dads

January 6, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

Existentialists encourage their readers to take full responsibility for the course of their lives, and also to venture beyond one’s self-imposed limits. This is what Nietzsche means when he commands us to ‘give birth to …

There’s no emotion we ought to think harder about than anger

December 25, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

There’s no emotion we ought to think harder and more clearly about than anger. Anger greets most of us every day – in our personal relationships, in the workplace, on the highway, on airline trips …

Welcome back debt! Total household debt rose by $63 billion

December 12, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

The appetite for debt is now back in a furious way.  Total household debt was up $63 billion last quarter driven largely by auto loans.  Auto loans increased by $32 billion and the amount of …

When a friendship turns sour, more than feelings get hurt

December 12, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

Think of a time when you sat across from a friend and felt truly understood. Deeply known. Maybe you sensed how she was bringing out your ‘best self’, your cleverest observations and wittiest jokes. S
Source: …

The Weeknd – Wicked Games (Explicit)

December 10, 2016 – 11:31 pm | No Comment

This has been out for a while, but I really like this dude early approach to music.  He has changed it up a bit – you could say that he is evolving; still like this …

Tips for Parents – Five Conversations to Have with Your Student During Winter Break

December 7, 2016 – 10:58 pm | No Comment

Keeping the lines of communication open with your college student is key to nurturing a good relationship. Take advantage of the face-to-face time you have with your student this winter break by having the following …

5 Signs You Need a Recovery Day

December 7, 2016 – 10:53 pm | No Comment

Once you get into the routine of exercising, it can be difficult to stop. You get almost addicted to that endorphin rush and feel like taking a day off is cheating or a sign you’re …

Nothing fake about the top 0.1% holding the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%.

November 27, 2016 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

While people argue about what is real and fake news the widening gulf of inequality in the real world only continues to expand.  This is actually happening and for the ultra wealthy that hold most …

How to eat more and lose weight

November 18, 2016 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

If you choose foods with low energy density — few calories for their bulk — you can eat more volume but consume fewer calories.
Feel full on fewer calories? It might sound like another gimmick for …

Road to 350: What Does the US Navy Do Anyway?

November 18, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

As Trump promises a 350-ship fleet, a primer on the U.S. Navy today.
During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised to increase the size of the U.S. Navy to 350 ships. Since the election, senior campaign …

Stronger muscles may mean sharper minds for kids

November 4, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

Making sure kids have good muscle fitness might also benefit their school performance, according to a recent U.S. study.
Aerobic fitness has already been linked to better thinking abilities in pre-teen children, but the current study …

How to make people like you in 4 seconds

October 31, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

Speaker and author Nicholas Boothman offers tips for making a solid first impression — before it’s too late.
Within seconds of meeting you, people are already making judgments about your personality.  Are you hireable? Or dateable? …

The story of inflation between 1996 and 2016

October 30, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

Inflation is rarely discussed in the mainstream press.  Most people wake up every day and simply believe that prices go up as a natural state.  These deeply held assumptions usually crack when new revelations happen …

Sustaining retirement income in a lower-return world | Vanguard Blog

October 25, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

The first place to start in a low-return environment would be to minimize your investment costs.
Every day, I seem to have a discussion with someone regarding strategies for sustaining retirement income in a lower-return world. Investors, …

Do elite colleges discriminate against Asian-Americans in their admission policies?

October 25, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

A lot of people will probably disagree with me on this, but first of all, yes, elite universities use affirmative action to hold Asians to higher standards. And you know what? I think universities are …

How Long Does It Take to Get Out of Shape?

October 18, 2016 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

Sticking with a regular training routine isn’t always doable—hey, work, family, life happens—and it can be seriously frustrating.  …
But when you are ready to ease back into the gym groove that first workout feels insanely …

Want college to pay off? These are the 50 majors with the highest earnings. 

October 18, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

Many of the highest-paying entry-level jobs are tied to engineering and technology majors.
Engineering and technology are among the most challenging fields of study in college, but all of that hard work apparently is paying off, …

Millennials are bogged down by massive student debt and confiscatory housing prices

October 16, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

Millennials are a critical group in terms of where the economy goes in the next few years.  The economy largely relies on younger people to spend and purchase consumption items.  Think of a young couple …

If you have high cholesterol, the culprit may be sugar

October 15, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

It’s a sad fact. The cholesterol count of the average middle-aged American makes most cardiologists cringe.
Cholesterol seems to start creeping up in our 30s or 40s as careers, kids and other obligations leave us more …

3 Tips That Can Save You From Running Injuries 

October 11, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

Despite the fact that runners aren’t repeatedly tackled and buried under piles of bodies and equipment, the numbers tell us that they’re hurt almost as frequently as pro football players. But why are roughly 56 …

The Many Benefits of Training With a Plan

October 11, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

A goal is a goal. Whether yours is to finish a marathon or to PR in a 5K, to summit Mount Everest or make it to the top of your local ski hill, it’s awesome …

Physical strain, emotional upset can trigger heart attack

October 11, 2016 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

Intense physical exertion or extreme emotional upset can each trigger a heart attack, and the risk may be highest if the two are combined, according to a new study.
“Our study is the largest study exploring …

How Many Military Missions Does The US Now Carry Out In Africa Every Year?

October 9, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

In the 2016 briefing, the U.S. Defense Department’s then chief of AFRICOM, General David Rodriguez stated that, “In fiscal year 2015, we conducted 75 joint operations, 12 major joint exercises, and 400 security cooperation activities.” …

Securing an Early Retirement: The Blogosphere’s 7 Best Lessons

October 5, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

You can retire safely when you have 25x your annual expenses invested in income generating assets
At a time when many struggle to save enough for a comfortable retirement, there are a few people who …

Look Out! Retirement Mistakes are Easy to Make 

October 5, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

As a Certified Financial Planner for Personal Capital, I see too many people who focus on their present financial situation or the few years that lie just ahead. They don’t “look out” to what seems …

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